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I often hear about people who have a gratitude journal or write down a list of what they are thankful for each evening. It’s important to always be thankful, but I have never taken the time to write down a list. I believe that we are to have a thankful heart and that we need to focus on the many blessings given by our Savior.
My November Mini Goal: Be Thankful and Look for Joyful Moments. Record the Moments in my Mom’s One Line a Day book each day
While I was originally going to try keeping a gratitude journal in November, I decided to do a variation of it. I have the Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book and don’t write in it as consistently as I would like. The book includes one page for every day of the year and on each page it has room for 5 different years. I use the book to write in some of my daughters’ milestones but also like to write down things they say or do. I use it to write down memories and enjoy looking back at it. It’s helpful to write things down as I know I would otherwise forget much of what they say and do!
I am so grateful for my girls and so I’m going to try and write in the book consistently in November. Because I will be in the fog of life with a newborn, it will help me to step back and look for the joyous moments in my days.
Your November Mini Goal: Pick one of the ideas below!
Write down 3 things you are thankful for each night
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Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. — Emilie Buchwald
It’s fall! This is the perfect time to enjoy a fall book or two with your children. Curl up under a blanket inside or bring it outside to soak up the sun and enjoy the crisp weather before it turns into winter. Read about the leaves, apples, pumpkins, thanksgiving, and more.
I am sharing just a few fall books we enjoy. Go to Amazon to add the books to your collection or head to your library to check these out. Here are some of the best children’s books for fall:
It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse This book will get your children ready to carve pumpkins! My girls loved to pick their favorite pumpkin expressions.
We like to keep the after school schedule simple around my home. Because my daughter comes home tired and exhausted from her school day, we don’t currently schedule any activities after school. I like to have my kindergartner come home to do what she enjoys most…free time to just play.
Here are a few of the activities that we enjoy once my daughter gets home from school:
Because I know winter is not too far away and the after-school time will be cold and dark, I want to take advantage of this beautiful fall weather. After school is a great time to have the children get outside and play! It seems like my kindergartner gets plenty of time to run around and play at school, but if your child has been at a desk all day they may need the time to get fresh air, exercise, and a change of scenery.
After being away all day, my girl likes to just sit on the couch with me right when she gets home. We go over everything in her backpack and she tells me about her day. I know that she might not want to do this when she is older, so I love the time!
Same as above, some days she just needs a little mom time when she gets home. We may snuggle on the couch reading books together.
Bake a snack together
My girls enjoy baking, so this is a great time to make a snack together. The girls most often help me make pumpkin bread or energy bites. Pumpkin bread is the perfect fall treat. Energy bites are the perfect thing to put in your children’s lunches, so I try to have a batch on hand. They are tasty and my whole family enjoys them.
Free play with siblings
My kindergartner loves to come home and play with her sister. I am thankful that they play so wonderfully together. Some days it’s best to just step back and let their imaginations run wild. I love listening to the scenarios they come up with!
Play a game
We don’t have a free-for-all with tech time at home, so getting to play a game is a bonus that my girls love. My kindergartner enjoys de-stressing with a little educational screen time.
Amazon Underground is a catalog of over 3,000 free games and apps that are 100% FREE when you download. The games and apps can be downloaded on your Amazon Fire tablet or Android smartphone and the “Actually Free” games and apps can provide a fun break in our day.
I cannot believe that back-to-school affects me this year. My oldest is going to kindergarten, so this is the first year of school visits and shopping for back-to-school supplies. I think I enjoyed school supply shopping as much as she did. In a few days, she will be holding this sign!I created a full set of First Day of School printables to share with you today.
The full PDF includes pre-school through eighth grade. I realize that you may be hard-pressed to get your seventh or eighth grader to hold a sign…but figured I would include it just in case.
Having to abide by a school schedule is new to me. As a stay-at-home mom, I have been able to make our own schedule for the past five years. This will be a big change for me!
I know that I will need to manage my schedule much differently as I am not used to getting my girls out the door early in the morning. If you are in the same boat as me and need to reset your mornings for back-to-school, consider checking out: Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings. I will be running a morning accountability group in September, so pick the eBook up and join me if you need to step back and take a look at your morning schedule.